The Welcome Project

The Welcome Project is a programme of events and workshops which will allow us introduce ourselves and the local artists we’ll be working with to our neighbours in the communities surrounding The Dance Space. Over the next three years as the building takes shape at the Circus Street site in the heart of Brighton, it’s our aim to get as many people as we can to come and dance with us. Literally!

The engine behind The Welcome Project is Emily James-Farley and Linzi Whitton who have recently taken on the role of Creative Communities Manager. They’re currently finalising schedules of open door dance sessions for families and under-5s, young people, unemployed and older people, working with Puffin nursery, Brighton Youth Centre, Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project and Brooke Mead extra care unit. Work in progress also involves the establishment of a community steering group, a volunteer programme, artist- in-residence projects building up to a new community curated dance festival, ‘Our City Dances’ due to take place in the summer of 2018.

"We are delighted to be taking up the new post of Creative Communities Manager. This is such an exciting role allowing us to focus on developing sustainable, meaningful relationships with the communities surrounding The Dance Space.  We have already begun to forge partnerships with some of the groups we will be working with over the next 3 years, hearing what interests them and the types of dance activity they would be keen to take part in. At this early stage this has proven inspiring and insightful, and we look forward to developing a diverse and interesting programme of activity – to get more people moving, socialising and reaping the benefits that dance can offer."
- Emily James-Farley and Linzi Whitton

One of our first projects under The Welcome Project banner has been the recruitment of participants to become involved in a performance of Dads Dancing at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts on Friday 27 October. We’ve put a call out for dads and father figures of all ages, abilities and music tastes to join us for a series of workshops leading up to the event and so far, we’ve had a joyful time.  If you’d like to become involved, please check our website for further details on the next workshop or drop sarah.kearney@southeastdance.org.uk a line to advise your interest.

© Bosie Vincent
The Welcome Project